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Library Systems Technician Matt Pascoe (centre) represented Western Downs Libraries at the E20 Best of Education 2015 Awards, accepting Council’s Highly Commended award for Western Downs Libraries Open Access Project.

Western Downs Libraries are the proud recipient of recognition from the E20 Best of Education 2015 Awards event, held at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane, for their innovative digital expansion and connection initiatives.

The Western Downs Regional Council received a Highly Commended in Best Education Practice of 2015 for the Western Downs Libraries Open Access Project, which was selected from 25 finalists from across Australia and New Zealand

The project, designed to help make online library resources more easily accessible to the people of the Western Downs by enabling greater access to the new Lynda.com online learning courses, is accessible through the libraries website.

Lynda.com is home to thousands of pre-recorded video lessons, set out in modules, which allow users to gain proficiency in a wide variety of skills ranging from photography to coding.

The library connects library-users to these services for free, allowing consumers to learn new skills at their own pace and in an environment that is both comfortable and familiar.

Wester Downs Regional Council spokesperson for community and cultural development, and health services councillor, Carolyn Tillman said that the use of technology in enhancing the availability of library resources outside of the traditional library space was a testament to the dedication of Council staff.

“Western Downs Libraries are fast becoming renowned for providing a standard of service and innovation that rivals libraries many times our size,” Cr Tillman said. “Our digital ambition and focus means we can develop and deliver projects of real excellence for the people of the Western Downs.”

“This is an exceptional achievement for our staff, and highlights the council’s commitment to improving our library services to not only benefit members of Western Downs Libraries but also the wider community outside of our region.” Cr Tillman said.

More information on how to access the many great resources available from your local library, please click the link here.

Words by Shannon Coward
Images supplied by Western Downs Regional Council